[scribus] Double-sided layout in A4 - how would you do that in 8.5x11?

Bruce Griffis bruce.griffis at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 07:13:22 CEST 2009

This sounds very similar to what I am trying to do. I am working on a
cookbook using OpenOffice. It's getting there. I was thinking of
printing it brochure style, using 8.5x11 paper on it's side, 2 pages
per side, 4 pages per sheet. I am using Ubuntu (well, Kubuntu),
OpenOffice and trying to learn Scribus. I exported the document as a
PDF, but do not know how to format it to print as a brochure (well,
OpenOffice has Brochure-mode, but that doesn't keep formatting when I
export as PDF).

I followed the instructions below, and got a cool PDF in brochure
mode, 2 pages per side, 4 pages per sheet - but what command should I
use if I opt for 8.5x11 Letter paper? How about Legal (8.5x14)? Or
tabloid (11x17)? I'd like to run off a few pages n each size to see
what "reads" best.

(I know - I need to find the psutils wiki or do a man psutils)

>> No acrobat needed here, there is a simpler solution.
>> While it considered as a professional tool, we have almost everything that
>> it allows for free with GPL.
>> a.l.e. is right: ALWAYS use the format of final page: if you are making an
>> A5  booklet, don't setup A4 document size in scribus.
>> Setup it as A5.
>> Then generate PS. (say a5.ps)
>> and in seconds, using pstops, psbook, and ps2pdf from command line you can
>> impose pages for booklet.
>> Example for your case:
>> make booklet with 2 commands:
>> psbook a5.ps | psnup -l -Pa5 -pa4 -2 > book.ps
>> ps2pdf -sPAPERSIZE#a4 book.ps book.pdf
>> 1st line reorders pages, adding empty ones and puts two a5 pages on one a4
>> 2nd converts to pdf
>> Easy enough?
>> 2 commands and you are done. And you work with single pages in
>> scribus/anything.
>> P.S. I am also using pdftk to add marks and custom color bars for offset
>> printing - and all from command line or scripts.
>> Victor.

>> hi william,
>> > I have used page setup to be A4, double-sided, landscape with
>> > intention of folding the printed  pages into a brochure style. Thus I
>> > require that right-hand side of first A4 page is page 1 and left hand
>> > side is page 4. If I use auto-numbering, Scribus marks both sides as
>> > page 1.
>> >
>> > How do I set this up properly (to use A5 would make printing a
>> > nightmare for more than one page).
>> well, i think the best solution is to set it up in a5 and then use an
>> imposition (or acrobat) to create a booklet which will be a4...

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